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Contented Dementia: A Revolutionary New Way of Treating Dementia : 24-hour Wraparound Care for Lifelong Well-being [Paperback]

Oliver James
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6 Aug 2009

Dementia is a little understood and currently incurable illness, but much can be done to maximise the quality of life for people with the condition. Contented Dementia - by clinical psychologist and bestselling author Oliver James - outlines a groundbreaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both sufferer and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, throughout every stage of the illness.

A person with dementia will experience random and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to recent events. Feelings, however, remain intact, as do memories of past events and both can be used in a special way to substitute for more recent information that has been lost. The SPECAL method (Specialized Early Care for Alzheimer's) outlined in this book works by creating links between past memories and the routine activities of daily life in the present.

Drawing on real-life examples and user-friendly tried-and-tested methods, Contented Dementia provides essential information and guidance for carers, relatives and professionals.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; Reprint edition (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091901812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091901813
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"an indispensable handbook for anyone coping with the effects of dementia and who wants to keep a sufferer as happy as is humanly possible" (Daily Express)

"a revolutionary new way of treating dementia brings amazing benefits for patients and carers alike" (Guardian)

"I found myself weeping ... An important book" (Sarah Stacey YOU magazine)

"Explains a revolutionary way to care for dementia patients ... tender techniques that can ease absent minds" (Telegraph)

"I bought it and can confirm that anyone who wants help in caring for the condition will find this excellent work a revelation" (Bel Mooney Mail on Sunday)


'distinguished psychologist Oliver James [...] shows that dementia need not be a nightmare of frustration and embarrassment' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for all carers 2 Jan 2009
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I have been battling with my mum for five years. Then I got this book, nothing prepared me for the gentle but very necessary slap around the face when I read it. Wow, I had spent so much time arguing and thinking that I had to keep my mum in my idea of reality when logically now I see I needed to enter her frame of logic in order to keep her calm, happy and oh so much more fun to be around!! if you only buy one book to help you work out your care plan, buy this one, dont hesitate, just buy it, I have asked everyone I know to read this book, its fab, next stop to go on the accompanying course. If you would like to talk about dementia, email me!! we can moan together xx
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can transform some situations 11 Aug 2009
By Toni
Practical, helpful, sensitive, comforting, illuminating, brilliant, constructive - yes, it is all that, and more. Don't take (too much) notice of the negative reviewers as you really shouldn't miss this book. Infused with compassion and kindness (RARE qualities these days), the advice was developed by someone who clearly has a talent for non-confrontation and small talk, both of which it is wise to learn early on in your loved one's journey of confusion. Whether it is called dementia, alzheimer, memory loss, forgetfulness doesn't matter to those of us who are in pain watching our loved one deteriorate and struggle with their new and unfamiliar circumstances, and who want to find ways to make it hurt less - for them as well as ourselves.

This refreshingly positive book immediately takes away a lot of the suffering, and the judgments, for both "sides", at least in the earlier stages. We cannot (yet) speak about later stages but we feel SO different about the situation after reading this book - we've now read a great deal about memory matters and can vouch for the fact that no "expert" in clinical practice has made anything like the kinds of loving and caring PRACTICAL suggestions and procedures spelled out in this book, which we started putting into practice immediately. So what if it seems like "infantilising" the sufferer, who in our experience certainly did not feel we were doing this but who immediately brightened up and was much happier with our new approach.

Unfortunately, there are some situations even this book cannot help us with - how do you deal with an elderly person who is very upset - every single evening - because mother (dead 50 years) is late for supper and who won't accept any of the excuses you dream up?
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanity Saver 7 Jun 2009
By Miss M. L. English VINE VOICE
I pray that someone looks after me in my dotage with the same amount of care and personal attention that this 'therapeutic intervention' suggests.I read this book over 2 days. I didn't want to put it down until I'd got to the end.It is NOT a 'one-size fits all'. Oliver stresses in every chapter how making the approach of losing one's memory individual to the person is key. You are asked to observe and really know your 'client' so that the help you are offering is understood and trusted. Unless you have ever lost your memory (and I have) you can never understand how questions cause anguish. How can you answer when you don't have means of accessing your memory to reply? Maybe the methods seem mad but when you're dealing with something to do with an ailing mind, the caring, detailed approach is tantamount and that's not mad it's incredibly sane.
This book revolves around an emotional, loving plan to make the safety of your 'client's' well-being achievable. I'm glad I read this book which arrived at just the right time for me. It's written by the son-in-law (Oliver) of a lady (Penny) who's mother (Dorothy) suffered dementia in her final days.
Dorothy was married to a GP who just couldn't get his head around the idea that his wife was not going to 'snap out' of her condition. By trial and error Penny developed a frame of mind and practical approach that would help her Mum cope with the handicap of being lost in the past. She uses the phrase 'experiencing the present through the past'. It's hard to sum-up someone's life's work in a few words but if you have any hesitation in buying this book, just imagine how glad you'll feel when you've got the holy grail of dementia in your hands and a workable solution to all your difficulties.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, readable advice 14 May 2009
By Phoenix
The basic idea is that you should 'go with the flow' when dealing with dementia sufferers and not try to encourage or force them to behave more normally. Repeated questioning, for example, although tempting as a way to get the sufferer to exercise and test his or her memory, usually makes things worse. The book works well around this approach in a readable style and will be useful to anyone trying to cope with this problem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contented Dementia 17 Feb 2010
This book has helped me to understand what it is like from the demented person point of view, in my mother's case the total loss of a 'photograph' of the event or conversation in question. The solution seems to be an awful lot of note-taking to revive memories and loads of patience to survive the constant repetition of questions and statements but I am working on it. And every case is different but having a tool to use makes one feel more positive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contented dementia carer
Having read this book I am now excited about looking after my husband who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Read more
Published 1 day ago by T. Bennett
3.0 out of 5 stars Contented dementia
Very helpful , my father has dementia and this helped us see that it was no ones fault and how to help him not be so frustrated with his memory loss
Published 7 days ago by melanie scarlett
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful explanations
I heard this recommended on the radio and thought it would be helpful in my situation regarding my father. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Jane Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive, compassionate, insightful and practical - if you want to...
“Contented Dementia” is a wonderfully positive, compassionate and understanding book about living with dementia. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Andrew Christophers
4.0 out of 5 stars A practical model of care that works.
I have read this book several time. As a professional it took the second read to shift from the professional mindset to the fresh day to day applied approach of Penny Gardner. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Julia Pitkin
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas
Not a bible on dementia by any means but some useful ideas in it. Take the bits that suit you.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Dementia
I chose this book on the recommendation of a friend whose husband suffers from dementia. I found it easy to read and most informative about the condition in a practical and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Juliet
5.0 out of 5 stars It's helped me - the carer.
This book has opened my eyes in the care of my 91 year old Mother who suffers with dementia. We've always had a rocky relationship, but her illness had made things SO much worse. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Hadley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book
This has been a very useful book in tackling a family member's Alzheimers. I could have done without quite so many case study examples, but even these were useful in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly written, relevant for all stages of dementia. Offers...
Excellent, accessible, relevant , useful information for all stages of dementia.
There are some useful examples of care which are easily understood and possible to apply. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cumbria Gal
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